Choultry, or tschultri, is an Indian word used to describe a resting place for visitors where rooms and food are provided by a charitable institution at nominal rates.
Choultry is a peculiar word of origin in South India and of doubtful etymology; In Malayalam -chaawati, In Telugu and Tamil chaawadi, [tsavadi, chau, Skt. chatur, 'four,' vata, 'road', a place where four roads meet]. In Western India the form used is chowry or chowree (Dakhan. chaori). A hall, a shed, or a simple loggia, used by travellers as a resting-place, and also intended for the transaction of public business. In the old Madras Archives there is frequent mention of the "Justices of the Choultry." A building of this kind seems to have formed the early courthouse. It is widely considered to be an Anglo-Indian word which was a corrupted form of the Telugu word Chaawadi. [Wikipedia]
Turner's Choultry, named after the former Visakhapatnam Collector, Mr. Henry Gribble Turner (1881-83 and 1884-89), was built in 1892 mainly to accommodate attendants of King George Hospital patients and the merchants and travelers. The site was gifted by Maharaja Gode Narayana Gajapathi Rao and funds came from the rulers of Bobbili, Vizianagaram, Jeypore and Cheedikada. The site on which the Choultry now stands was the 'Enugula Thota' or elephant lines of the early military days. It is now owned by the Endowments Department and is one of the few heritage structures in Vizag to be in reasonably good maintenance.
What I found attractive is the perfect example of anachronism provided by the building, which, over the years, has been surrounded by the bustling city of Vizag from all sides.
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Silvio1953 (139961) 2014-06-29 9:19
Ciao Satya, great view of nice village, lovely sepia conversion, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
holmertz (50782) 2014-06-29 11:09
Since we don't actually see anything of the bustling city surroundings this looks like still being a quiet place with a lot of old-time flavour. When I first travelled in India in the 70's it was still occasionally possible to stay in government's rest houses that used to look a bit like this. They were usually simple but clean and pleasant places, and very cheap too. This is a beautiful building, very stylish, and you have captured it very nicely with the tree spreading its branches all over the upper part, like a kind of additional roof. The B&W conversion was a very good choice in this case, helping to bring back the atmosphere of earlier times.
Nicou (139176) 2014-06-29 11:15
quelle image et compo avec ces grands arbres en premier pla ces maisons blanches superbe
Bravo et amitié
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-06-29 11:31
This is an excellent image of the rest house in monochrome with slight sepia effects.Very well captured.TFS.
pajaran (59129) 2014-06-29 12:37
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na arhitekturu, dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Lepa igra svetla i senke.
An interesting article on the site with a description ...
Nice view of the architecture, good work, good place and shown the moment.
Beautiful play of light and shadow.
All the best.
ourania (43672) 2014-06-29 12:40
your composition is well considered and elegant, the atmosphere of this place is timeless. The sepia treatment has enhanced this feeling, the absence of people has the same effect too. I like how the human presence is suggested indirectly. The perspective is great, the foliage and the shadows frame the buildings effectively, clarity is superb and the play of light and shadow enriches the view. Everything looks well placed and there seem to be several rhythmical patterns all over the frame. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
mesutilgim (94024) 2014-06-29 12:58
Very nice b&W capture with the taste of an "oldie".
TFS and best regards
lousat (89252) 2014-06-29 13:15
Hi Satya,very interesting post and very interesting history about this building,i like a lot your effect on the pic,perfect exposure and great detail everywhere too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Apurba20 (984) 2014-06-30 2:12
I believe the ragged and worn out structure would have looked bad in a normal color but things have got changed with a sepia tone. The photo would have passed off as a vintage but for the bikes.
Excellent overall effect. Superb!
Have a great week.
jhm (150858) 2014-06-30 3:50
This hospital is indeed a little other than here in our western countries, but happy that this small hospital is present.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
snunney (96767) 2014-06-30 4:40
Taken in isolation this building looks very attractive and has a certain charm. I like the frame and the choice of black and white, which brings an air of nostalgia to the scene. Also, the shadow play occasioned by the trees.
Sergiom (76415) 2014-06-30 7:59
Quelle belle habitation. La lumière et l'ombre jouent un très beau rôle dans la composition. J'aime le sépia qui donne un petit côté vintage à la composition.
Cricri (117365) 2014-06-30 8:00
Un bel endroit pour se reposer, j'aime les arbres qui coiffe l'avant du bâtiment, la version N/B donne un côté ancien, nostalgique, bonne gestion de la lumière, une note information intéressante
Noel_Byrne (30167) 2014-06-30 12:38
Thank you again for your fascinating note, I am learning so much about your beautiful country through your posts. This place does look very welcoming, and the choice of sepia is nicely considered, something we don't see much of on this site. It's a nice concision too, as it highlights the play of shadows, and even though I normally find sepia makes a picture spooky, it doesn't here, in fact quite the opposite. Great post, thanks as always.
abmdsudi (52487) 2014-07-01 13:52
Almost sepia conversion which i think works well to suit the mood which adds a lot to the atmosphere and 'feel' with the prominent nicely positioned. The exposure looks so balanced, considering the light condition and great that you managed to retain lots of detail throughout. A nice record shot you envisioned and nicely done. Congrats.
COSTANTINO (63737) 2014-07-06 11:21
Hello dear friend
I like the choice of this shot in sepia
bringing memories from the past
Here we learn new words as Choltry
or tschultri an Indian word used to
describe a resting place for visitors
lovely sepia conversion
beautiful building very stylish
have a nice new week
nikkitta (17066) 2014-07-14 12:17
What well seen scene, may also the title said, resting, what motors and my loved tuc-tuc are doing in what seems a warm hour of the day
Like the sepia color, add some a temporal sense, well done, regards